Songs and their lyrics evoke emotions. Inspiring songs perk us up when everything seems gloomy, remind us that we are beautiful no matter what others say, and motivate us when there seems to be no way out. Here are excerpts from the 10 best inspiring songs of all time and their key messages.
1. ‘Beautiful’ by Christina Aguilera
“ I am beautiful
No matter what they say
Words can’t bring me down”
This song reminds you to see the beauty within yourself. Do not become obsessed with your imperfections, as they are your strength. Do not let other’s define who you are. Let what makes you special shine through.
2. ‘The Climb’ by Miley Cyrus
“There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a uphill battle…
The struggles I’m facing…
The chances I’m taking, Sometimes might knock me down,
But no, I’m not breaking.”
The ability to achieve is one’s greatest asset. There will always be challenges along the way in life. No matter how difficult a journey is, it is worth seeing through to the end.
3. ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ by Bobby McFerron
“Don’t worry, be happy
Listen to what I say, “In your life expect some trouble, but when you worry you make it double”
One of the best songs ever written to quell anxiety, McFerron wrote this song to help anyone take a moment, relax and join him in his happy feeling. Spending time worrying only causes more difficulty. Instead, just accept that good feeling you can illicit from how wonderful life is.
4. ‘Power of Dreams’ by Celine Dion
“Deep within each heart
There lies a magic spark
That lights the fire of our imagination
And since the dawn of man
The strength of just “I can”
Has brought together people of all nations”
Deep within our hearts, we all have a dream. The only reason dreams are not realized is because you do not attempt to achieve them. Never undermine your ability and have full faith that if you believe you can do it, you will be able to turn your dreams into reality.
5. ‘You Gotta Be’ by Des’ree
“You gotta be, you gotta be bad
You gotta be bold, you gotta be wiser
You gotta be hard, you gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger
You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm, you gotta stay together
All I know, all I know love will save the day”
While life is full of challenges and tribulations, take them as a challenge. Release your fears, stand up for what you believe for, do not be afraid to love or to tear. Love will guide us all to succeed and be a better person.
6. ‘Fireworks’ by Katy Perry
“Cause baby, you’re a firework
Come on, show ’em what you’re worth
Make ’em go, oh, oh, oh
As you shoot across the sky”
This song reminds us to never undermine about abilities. If you ever feel downtrodden or lacking ambition in life, pick yourself up and show the rest what you are worth. Shine bright and achieve what you want. Because you are special and irreplaceable.
7. ‘If Today Was Your Last Day’ by Nickelback
“Against the grain should be a way of life
What’s worth the price is always worth the fight
Every second counts ’cause there’s no second try
So live like you’re never living twice
Don’t take the free ride in your life”
Never take life for granted. Make every day count and never allow a moment to pass by without giving it meaning. Life is better lived with every moment being lived as if it was your last chance to make a difference.
8. ‘What a Wonderful World’ by Louie Armstrong
“I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.
I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.”
The song is one of the most powerful and simple messages ever written. The message: to take notice of every bit of the magnitude to life’s amazing aspects. It is awe inspiring and worth appreciating in its every manifestation.
9. ‘Only Time’ by Enya
“Who can say where the road goes
Where the day flows, only time
And who can say if your love grows
As your heart chose, only time
Who can say if your love grows
As your heart chose
And who can say where the road goes
Where the day flows, only time”
An enchanting piece that tells us that time brings forth all answers. While knowledge is imperfect, hindsight will help us piece together the answers. Faith in our future is important to keep our spirits high.
10. Eye of the Tiger’ by Survivor
“Risin’ up, back on the street
Did my time, took my chances
Went the distance
Now I’m back on my feet
Just a man and his will to survive
So many times, it happens too fast
You trade your passion for glory
Don’t lose your grip on the dreams of the past
You must fight just to keep them alive”
Never give up and keep your spirits high to strive through any adversity or obstacle.
Jesslyn writes at Hack My Modern Lifestyle, a self-improvement blog that provides tips, tricks and shortcuts to a better, simpler life. To be updated of our latest blog post, subscribe to our Facebook.
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